Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by snaotheus:
4.51/5 rDev +0.9%
750ml corked/caged bottle split between two big goblets. If there's a best by, bottled on, or batch number on the bottle, I can't find it. The bottle doesn't look like the photo in this listing. The bottle has clear, plasticky, printed sticker labels.
Pours coppery golden, surprisingly clear, lots of carbonation which clings to the side of the glass but doesn't build into much of a head. Smell is delicious and rich and power, easily detectable at arm's length while pouring the glasses. Sour, sweet-tarty, fruit, just a hint of smokiness.
Taste is sour but not quite jaw clenching, has exactly the sweet-tarty character that I love in a Flanders Red (see Rodenbach Grand Cru). Without doing a side by side, I couldn't compare this with Grand Cru, but it seems like a beer of comparable quality. I think this beer is very fruity. I don't get much from the oak vats mentioned on the label, though. I think primarily I get sour cherry flavor, and lots of fruity sweetness.
Mouthfeel is light and smooth, slightly oily. Overall, this beer is excellent.
12-28-2013 21:32:44 | More by snaotheus
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4.38/5 rDev -2%
Had this on 2013-11-24 in Columbia, PA
A - Mahogany/amber with a short-lived, tan head and moderate lacing.
S - Characteristic Rodenbach Grand Cru aroma but with added raspberry and cranberry. I always get oak, cherry and hard apple cider out of the normal Grand Cru. Very pleasant enhancements.
T - Tart cranberry with some cherry and a little raspberry, light malt, hard cider, oak. Moderately sour with a typical Grand Cru finish but with some added lingering cranberry. Perhaps a bit less tart than normal Grand Cru with more of an emphasis on the fruit in this one. Very, very nice.
M - High carbonation and a light body. Dries quickly.
O - A well-done step up from the already-great Grand Cru. Too bad it is so expensive.
11-26-2013 17:45:12 | More by Tucquan
4.58/5 rDev +2.5%
Beertender at 't Brugs Beertje recommended it, 40 Euro for the bottle? Only around 900 bottles for sale from the batch.
Beautiful lacing, dark amber glow.
Perfume like fruit, some raspberry & cherry but the tartness of the cranberries and the house character come out more in the nose.
Tart pucker, soft malt, hint of caramel, bread, wood, bubble gum, cranberry tartness, faint raspberry & cherry, mint, pull of wood which leads to dryness.
Worth the try and the extremely higher price tag, by far one of the most interesting beers I have tasted this year. From the use of different fruits and the wood aging ... epic.
11-02-2011 01:15:49 | More by Jason
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
99 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.